Explore places that have been shaped and coloured by volcanic and geothermal forces for thousands of years.
Watch boiling mud pools and feel the heat underfoot from landscapes that hiss with steam.
New Zealand straddles an active fault line where two giant pieces of the earth's surface are in a constant state of collision. In the South Island they meet and push upwards, creating the towering Southern Alps. In the central North Island, one piece is creeping slowly under the other, generating enormous amounts of active subterranean heat and volcanic activity.
This area centres around Rotorua, stretching south to the mountains of Tongariro National Park then east to Bay of Plenty’s White Island – an active and accessible volcano island.